The New York Rangers bounced back in a big way in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, defeating the Ottawa Senators 4-1 at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. The win ties the teams' second-round series, 2-2.
We got a little of both in this game, as the Rangers came storming out of the gates with a pair goals in the first five minutes of regulation.
Mark Stone cut the deficit in half 50 seconds after Nick Holden gave NY a 2-0 lead when he outlasted Henrik Lundqvist on a rebound attempt. Crosby had an assist and Carl Hagelin and Phil Kessel scored for the Penguins, who lead the second-round series 3-2 with Game 6 back in Pittsburgh on Monday night.
Former Rangers forward Derick Brassard sent it to OT on a goal with 1:26 left in regulation, while Tom Pyatt, Mike Hoffman and Mark Stone were also able to beat NY goalie Henrik Lundqvist. Condon finished with nine stops.
The second round series now becomes a best-of-three as the teams return to Ottawa for Game 5. "It felt like we were in control for the most part and played a really smart game". "Had their fans and the momentum".
"We have to play to a much higher level", said Ottawa defenceman Dion Phaneuf.
"They obviously played with a lot more desperation than we did from the start of the game", Karlsson said. Jean-Gabriel Pageau leads Ottawa with six goals, Bobby Ryan has four assists and Derick Brassard has 28 shots on goal. Now they're one game away from going home. Senators coach Guy Boucher said he wasn't concerned by that before the game - the team's approach should remain the same, he said - and such thinking proved prescient as the night wore on. Unfortunately, the Rangers fell back into their usual shell after gaining the lead, and it came back to haunt them.again. "He has a lower-body injury".
How were these guys down two games to nothing? Lundqvist stopped the first attempt by Chris Wideman, but couldn't get in front of Stone's backhand rebound shot, which just crept across the goal-line. "Sometimes it ends up in the back of the net". Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault not only echoed Zibanejad's sentiments Wednesday, he took them a step further. Definitely tonight Oscar's line came up big for us with a couple of big plays. "Tanner is just playing disciplined, smart hockey and that's what he needs to do". And that would be the final score of game 4.
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The Rangers opened the game red hot, lighting the lamp early and putting themselves seemingly on their way to another dominant victory. I think that team will be the Sens.
"It's not a one-man show here", Lundqvist said. "It's about four lines doing everything right and that's what you need this time of the year".
The aforementioned star was Alex Ovechkin, who had been held without a goal since Game 1 of the series. Kreider netted his on the power play at 10:45 in the third against Ottawa's backup goalie, Mike Condon.
Turris scored at 13:34, but the Senators had trouble generating sustained pressure against Lundqvist and were sloppy with the puck at times. "Whenever we got chances, we didn't capitalize".
The Rangers dominated the first 20 minutes, outshooting Ottawa 15-5, and were rewarded with two goals. Holden caught a pass from Kevin Hayes to score his first playoff goal of the season, and the fourth of his career.
Lindberg also scored the Rangers' final goal in their Game 3 win.
"We found a way to lose some games here", said Rangers defenseman, Marc Staal. Going into Game 4 it's basically the same situation. Defenceman Ben Harpur was also replaced by Fredrik Claesson.